Downtown Dallas Transit Study
Narrowed Light Rail Alternatives Unveiled
D2 Project Manager Ernie Martinez asked employers, transit users, downtown residents, and interested others for input on four remaining alternatives for a potential new light rail alignment through downtown Dallas. Attendees at public meetings heard Martinez discuss the downtown transit study, answer questions about the remaining alternatives, and request comments and input. Martinez stated that public input and technical review have helped DART narrow options to the four remaining alternatives.
Common Characteristics to Remaining Alternatives
Each of the light rail alternatives:
- Follow the same route from Victory Station to the West End and follow DART-owned right-of-way through Victory Park
- Turn south on the east side of Houston Street to a station adjacent to the future Museum of Nature and Science
- Pass under Woodall Rodgers Freeway, crossing the frontage roads at-grade and descending into a tunnel to become fully underground at Lamar Street
- Continue south under Lamar Street and the existing transit mall
- Use a new underground station that facilitates West End Station, West Bus Center, and future Rosa Parks Bus Plaza transfers
- Converge at a common point south of the Deep Ellum Station on the Southeast Corridor (Green Line).
This alternative continues underground from the new station and travels under Commerce Street. Two additional underground stations are located near Akard and Harwood. Each station includes an elevator and stairs for street access and connection to the underground pedestrian tunnel system. The line resurfaces immediately west of IH 45.
||a) Good service to the densely developed area of downtown
b) Direct access to future destinations (University of North Texas Law School and Main Street Garden Park)
After leaving the new station, this alternative continues southeast under Griffin Street, then resurfaces to street grade at Young Street. It continues above ground for the remainder of the route. Station locations include a station in the median of Young Street between Field and Akard streets, in the median of a reconstructed Young Street between St. Paul and Harwood Streets, and a final surface station located east of Central Avenue.
||The most cost effective alternative because half of the alignment is above ground
Serves the government center and library area
Serves new developing areas east of City Hall (e.g., Harwood Historic District, Farmers Market, Pershing Square)
This option is similar to B4 Lamar-Young up until it reaches Young St. The difference being that it stays underground. The alignment then crosses under Young St., and runs under Marilla St to a new station below City Hall. East of City Hall, the alignment rises to street level on Marilla near Canton Street between Park and Harwood. The alternative continues at street level to a station at the Scottish Rite Temple parking lot, crosses the Pearl/Young intersection, and continues east in abandoned Young to the Southeast Corridor.
||Serves the government center and library area
Offers improved access to the Farmers Market area
B4b Lamar-Convention Center Hotel
This option is similar to B4a described above, but offers an additional underground station at the proposed Convention Center Hotel and a longer tunnel section. From the new station, it continues south under Lamar to an underground station near Young Street, adjacent to the proposed Convention Center hotel. The alignment turns east passing under the Pioneer Park and cemetery to the 3rd level beneath City Hall. From here the alignment and stations at City Hall and Scottish Rite Temple are the same as option B4a.
||Provides a station at the proposed Convention Center Hotel
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